The Daily Harassment of Women in the Game Industry.
"It’s telling that men in the gaming industry, or simply commentators, refuse to listen to the reality of these situations and try to help. They’d rather talk over women and convince themselves of a fictional reality that’s more comforting."
has released the third video in her Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series. It's an exhaustive (and exhausting) look at how women have been used as background decorations in video games for the last three decades. [previously
Jared Rosen offers a postmortem of GAME_JAM
, a failed reality show about game development produced by Maker Studios and sponsored by Pepsi. Contestants Adriel Wallick
, Robin Arnott
, and Zoe Quinn
also offer their perspectives.
Elizabeth Simins is an illustrator and a gamer. The latter wasn't always easy, though, which she illustrates in a four-part comic
on growing up as a girl gamer.
There's no sexism in gaming: "Furthermore, reasonable people would see that asking to put male soldiers in the
Call of Duty series is simply not do-able. Since the age of the Amazon, women have waged wars, because they have a higher pain threshold than males and have more stamina in every area of war. Who would take a male
Battlefield seriously? Including men would simply cloud the matter; when crawling through tunnels, as is often necessary in war, our eyes would fall on the male backside - from then on women would be irreparably compromised."
David Gaider, senior writer at Bioware, delivers a talk on sex, sexuality, and sexism in video games and the gaming industry
at the 2013 Game Developers Conference. (single-link 49-minute video)
Video game character design is frequently questionable
, but some designers don't like being questioned
. Penny Arcade imagines equal opportunity questionability
, while their reporter Ben Kuchera examines the broader issue
Women enjoy video games
, to the astonishment of local TV newsreaders. Women enjoy science
, to the astonishment of Facebook users.
has released the first video in the "Tropes vs Women in Video Games" series: Damsel in Distress (part 1)
, hosted by Anita Sarkeesian (previously)
. It was funded by a kickstarter campaign that was notable for the level of backlash (previously)
Another Day, Another Press Conference.
Yesterday's Playstation 4 announcement was perhaps most notable in what it didn't include: any female presenters. Also discussed by Kotaku
and The Verge
. (The Verge also notes similar trends in press events from Nintendo, EA, HTC, and Apple.)
"Are you a lady? Then finally there’s a game for you! While too many games are pretending that ladies enjoy the same things as men, like shooting, building cities or exploring alien worlds, Lady Popular properly recognizes what it is that makes a true, strong, independent lady: shopping, hairstyles, and having a boyfriend."
John Walker of Rock Paper Shotgun gives a no-holds-barred review
(NSFW) of the game Lady Popular
Hulk-Margaret smash stupid Sony
. Girls not stupid lilac people
. Girls strong and awesome! AAAAARRRRR! Hulk-Marg like gems. Hulk-Marg like gem sweaters (previously)
. But Hulk-Marg no like pandering only to gem interests. Hulk-Marg well-rounded, has many interests and layers. Hulk-Marg give example: SMASHING. Let Hulk-Marg find PowerPoint and laser pointer. Hulk-Marg has PowerPoint here somewhere. Ahem. Hulk-Marg found PowerPoint. Made slides.
[via mefi projects
] [more inside]
, the video game publisher that is no stranger to either controversy
, is sponsoring a contest for its upcoming release of Dante's Inferno (Previously
). The contest, taking place at this weekend's Comic-Con, requires entrants to "commit acts of lust"
and take a photo of said act with an EA (or other company's) booth babes, post the photos on Twitter or Facebook, and repeat the process as many times as possible for additional chances to win. The prize is listed in part as "Dinner and a sinful night with two hot girls". [more inside]